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David B. Hogg, executive associate dean in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, has been named interim dean while University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor John D. Wiley considers two finalists for the post.

“David provides the solid leadership, sound judgment and range of experience needed to lead the college as we identify a new dean,” Wiley says.

The names of three finalists vying to succeed Dean Elton D. Aberle, who is retiring, were submitted to the chancellor and provost earlier this month by an 18-member search and screen committee.

But one finalist, Beverly R. Durgan, associate dean for research and outreach in the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, has withdrawn her name from consideration.

The remaining finalists are:

* Douglas D. Buhler, the acting associate director of the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station and acting associate dean for research at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

* Molly Jahn, professor of plant breeding and genetics and plant biology at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Wiley plans to interview both finalists soon.

Hogg has been Executive Associate Dean in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences since 2002. He has been on the faculty in the Department of Entomology since 1979, and served as the department chair from 1998 to 2002.

Hogg was born in Bethesda, Maryland, and earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in entomology from Purdue University. He completed a Ph.D. in entomology and insect ecology at the University of California-Berkeley in 1977, and was on the faculty at Mississippi State University before coming to the University of Wisconsin in 1979. He and his wife Sue have two sons.

Hogg’s research interests include the ecology and dynamics of insects in agricultural cropping systems, and insect pest management. In recent years he has collaborated on developing strategies to control soybean virus diseases and examining virus-aphid relationships in soybeans. Hogg has advised about twenty graduate students, and has taught classes on insect pest suppression, insect population ecology, integrated pest management, and economic entomology.

In addition to his positions at the UW-Madison, Hogg has also served as a consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and is a member of the Entomological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

As interim dean, Hogg will lead a college that enrolls more than 2,200 undergraduates and about 1,000 graduate students and has an annual budget of more than $150 million. The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences also has a strong extension and outreach mission, with 12 agricultural research stations across the state. The college is part of the Biostar initiative to build new research facilities, including a $104 million Microbial Sciences Building, construction of which began earlier this year.